Baby Steps To Fitness

Baby Steps To Fitness

by Gina B.

Fitness is all the rage, and it’s a beautiful thing.  I see lots of my friends and colleagues challenging themselves and looking great in the process.  It’s time for me to jump on the bandwagon, with a little help from a friend.

This is driven by health, of course, with a large dose of vanity thrown in.  Good relationships begin with healthy minds, bodies and spirits.  Even if you’ve been in a relationship for a while, you owe it to your partner to keep it tight!

That said, this body needs to be healthy . . . and hot!  I have some work to do.

I have to admit that I’m lucky – I’ve always been athletic with good muscle memory.  I can thank my parents for my tendency to be muscular.  I’ve had years where I was a complete gym rat, avid boxer and Crossfitter.  I haven’t seen those days in quite some time.  I’m not a terrible eater – I haven’t eaten red meat since I was 20, I’m not partial to pasta, don’t drink soda, and I’ve somehow managed to quell a sweet tooth that has been raging out of control my entire life.  I love vegetables and truly enjoy cooking healthy food.

That’s the good stuff.  Now for the bad stuff . . .

I actually hate to work out.  I love the effects and how I feel afterward, but I really have to motivate myself to get to the gym.  I envy those who seem to love the feel of weights in their hands, and can push themselves on the treadmill.  In fact, I despise the treadmill and all things related to running.   “Fortunately” for me I’ve had three knee surgeries and have been told by my surgeon that running should never be a part of my exercise routine.   What a great excuse!  I much prefer competitive sports.

The other issue is that I love a lot of foods that I shouldn’t, and have been hiding a secret addiction to pizza for several years (which is really no secret to anyone who knows me).  Since I’m being honest, I’ll admit that I have an issue with cheese in general.  And wine!  (I swear I should have been born in France, where cheese and wine are enjoyed daily. )  Also?  As much as I love drinking wine, I HATE drinking water.   Especially in mass quantities.  To add insult to injury, I’m not a fan of eating frequently throughout the day.

That said, even though I have some good habits, I have REALLY bad ones that counter them.

When I was looking around for a program, I wanted something that would sustainable over time.  There is no way that I could do any of those diets that eliminate complete food groups that happen to be yummy.  I can’t imagine a life without even the occasional piece of bread – or any other sort of harsh deprivation.

Alternatively, some of my friends have experienced excellent results with their 90-Day challenges that involve protein shakes and healthy eating.   I enjoy cheering them on, but those plans don’t work for me.  I have a health condition that has caused my doctor to strip soy from my diet, so I must stay away from anything that includes soy isolates.   No shakes for me!

I was explaining my dilemma over breakfast to my friend Andrea Nichols-Everett, owner of D3 (Dre’s Diesel Dome) here in Chicago.  Fitness and nutrition enthusiast that she is, she relished in the challenge of creating a plan that I can live with.

My guidelines were that it had to be something that would fit in with my lifestyle.  I realize that I have to make compromises to achieve my goals, therefore I will commit to making the time for fitness and trying to rectify some of my nutritional bad behavior.

After assessing my current state, we decided that I could lose 13 pounds and tone some key areas (butt and thighs).

For the next 8 weeks, I will be adhering to the following:

  • Alternating days, meaning that I’m on plan every other day
  • Eating small meals, 6 times a day
  • Eating clean, which means eating high quality foods and eliminating sugar
  • Hauling my ass into D3 at least three times a week for high-intensity classes
  • Supplementing classes with short in-home workouts on the days in between
  • Attempting to drink a gallon of water a day (we'll see what happens)

I will be chronicling this challenge, which we’re calling Baby Steps To Fitness, here and on my personal blog (http://theginaspot.com), where there will also be comments from Dre as she guides me through the transformation.   It should be very entertaining.

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  • Good advice. Just reposted on www.thisisyourbestyear.com. Take a look.

  • In reply to thisisyourbestyear:

    Thank you and we will!

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    Sounds like a great plan!!

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